Werner sends message to teammates after win over Southampton

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Chelsea dug deep to beat Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues had started the game in fine form and got a deserved lead after Trevoh Chalobah scored an early goal to put Chelsea in front.

Timo Werner thought he had scored the second goal for Chelsea in the first half as well when he headed in a cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi, but it was ruled out by VAR. That decision changed the game for Chelsea as the Blues finished the half with a sour mood.

Things got worse in the second half when Ben Chilwell conceded a penalty which was duly converted, and with the scores at 1-1, Chelsea worked hard to win the game.

A red card to James Ward-Prowse helped Chelsea, with two late goals from Werner and Chilwell giving the Blues a deserved victory.

Werner praised the resilience of his teammates after the game, coming after two defeats to Manchester City and Juventus.

He said: “We won this game with pressure on our shoulders.

“We had the mentality to win. In the last two games we faced very good teams. It was hard to create chances against those teams. We wanted to be back to our old strengths, and we were.

“When you win the Champions League and start the season winning nearly every game, you become under a little bit of pressure to win and win and win every game. We know we are a very strong team and we are hard to beat.

“The last games were not so easy for me because I didn’t start so regularly,’ added the forward.

“So it was not only important for me, it was important for the whole team to come back after two defeats before the national break, where we won’t see each other for a week and a half.

“It was important for everybody to go to the national break with a good feeling. At big clubs you always feel pressure, but in the end you must have fun, and you saw we wanted to have fun, play football and win the game. That mentality makes us so strong.”

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